AYURVEDA is taken from the Sanskrit words Ayur which means life and Veda which means knowledge and is the traditional medicine of India, which originated over 5,000 years ago.
Its philosophy embraces the understanding or knowledge of our unique makeup and how to keep the right balance for ourselves and be in divine order with everything. It teaches preventative measures for holistic health, focusing on taking charge of our own life and following individual programs for preventing unnecessary suffering.
Ayurveda teaches us how to rejuvenate ourselves in mind, body and spirit and how to live a long, healthy and fulfilling life. It gives us a model to look at each individual as a unique makeup of the three doshas and to thereby design treatment protocols that specifically address a person's health challenges.
When any of the doshas (Vata, Pitta or Kapha) become accumulated or out of balance, ayurveda can suggest specific lifestyle, nutritional guidelines and meditations to assist the individual in reducing the dosha that has become excessive.
We may also suggest certain herbal supplements to hasten the healing process. If toxins in the body are excessive, then a detoxification process known as Panchakarma is recommended to eliminate these unwanted toxins and restore the body to health and wellbeing.
How does it work?
Just as everyone has a unique fingerprint, according to ayurveda each person has a distinct pattern of energy combining our physical, mental and emotional characteristics. It is believed that there are three basic energy types called doshas in every person. It is the ratio of these three doshas that makes our individual makeup and with this knowledge we work with the principles of ayurveda to bring back balance and harmony.
The three doshas:
VATA - energy that controls bodily functions associated with motion; including circulation, breathing, blinking, nervous system and heartbeat. When vata energy is balanced there is creativity and vitality. Out of balance vata produces fear and anxiety.
PITTA - energy that controls the body's metabolic systems; including digestion, absorption, nutrition and temperature. In balance pitta leads to contentment and intelligence. Out of balance pitta can cause ulcers, skin irritations and arouse anger.
KAPHA - energy that controls growth in the body. It supplies water to all the cells, moisturises the skin and maintains the immune system. In balance kapha is expressed as love and a graceful peace. Out of balance kapha leads to overweight, sluggishness and insecurity.